US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Secret Service agents did not act out of bias during a 2004 Bush campaign trip when they moved protesters further from the president but let a pro-Bush group stay in place.
The US Supreme Court rules that Florida's IQ cutoff is too rigid and creates an unacceptable risk that an intellectually disabled inmate would be executed. The ruling sets a new death-row standard for Florida and eight other states.
LulzSec hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur faced many years in federal prison. But in return for helping bring down other “Anonymous” hackers, prosecutors want to set him free after just seven months served.
Russell Bucklaw, convicted of murder and rape, was granted a stay of execution late Wednesday by the US Supreme Court. His lawyers plan to argue before an appellate court that a rare health condition should exempt Bucklaw from the death penalty.
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage, a day after a different judge ruled likewise in Oregon. That makes eight US judges in six months whose decisions went the same way, versus none who upheld a state ban.
Missouri's planned execution of a convicted murderer would be the first in the US since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma. The inmate is challenging the state's refusal to disclose the source of the drugs it will use.
Execution by lethal injection has included botched procedures and questions about availability of certain drugs used to kill convicted prisoners. As a result, some in Utah, and other states, want to reinstate death by firing squad.
Six US cities, including Miami, were featured in the crackdown. With the continued ramping up of Obamacare, enforcement of laws that prevent Medicare and other health-care fraud will become increasingly important.